It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Like Living In A Good Foreign Movie

Today was one of those days where I love everything about this city.
Even the gritty noisy parts.

Sitting in a cafe with my husband , people watching is one of my favourite activities here. 
You see everything ..

I love the way the very old ladies walk together down the street, beautifully dressed, tiny, slow and chatting away, hands waving, animated, alive and being "girlfriends" ..

The ladies and the young guys who have interesting hair styles, clothing choices a bit far from the conservative majority.
The  beautiful children, dapper older men , stylish men and women and children... it is like living in a good foreign movie, everyone looks pretty good, even the bad guys .
( of course, in this movie, there are no bad guys but they would be well dressed if they were ..)

We had our coffee and a sweet at the Gout Cafe, situated on a corner, in a neighbourhood of apartment buildings, schools and small businesses , a perfect place to sit by the window and watch everything and everyone that goes by.

I am still charmed every day by  the way people talk to each other, the courtesy shown, the good manners and good humour.
I love seeing the small children walking home from school, holding hands.
The young mothers with a baby in a stroller, a small child with book bags and the family dog, all walking towards home, little one chatting away to mama about the day, the baby just wide eyed and soaking up every sight and sound.

The heat has given way to a blustery fall day, golden leaves  blow off of the trees, it is getting dark earlier, I could walk all day.
Tomorrow promises to be colder, we will have to be up and out early and walk all day.
Maybe say Hello to the Botanical Gardens before they take their winter nap.
Maybe have a walk and a bite in San Telmo, check out the antiques shops.
Or perhaps, just go down to the end of the street and visit the Museum.
Whatever we do, wherever we go, I have no doubt it will be just like a good foreign movie.

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